Colorado mountaineer joins wilderness push |

Colorado mountaineer joins wilderness push

DENVER, Colorado – A mountaineer renowned for amputating his own arm after it was pinned by a half-ton boulder is joining outdoors enthusiasts calling for more land to be protected.

Aron Ralston is with the Colorado Wilderness Network on Tuesday to call for more lands to be federally designated as wilderness areas. The areas are in the San Juan Mountains, the White River National Forest region and a northwest Colorado parcel that includes Browns Canyon.

Ralston cut off his right arm with a dull blade in 2003 after it was pinned at the bottom of a canyon in Utah. Ralston and several environmental groups will deliver petitions on the wilderness designation to the office of Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet.

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